There are two especially cool things about the annual Real to Reel Film & Video Festival held in Kings Mountain.
One is that it's local.
The other is that it isn't.
On one hand, you can see movies such as “Crazy,” the story of guitarist Hank Garland; he worked with Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline and grew up 20-odd miles away in Cowpens, S.C. (Very cool: Musicians who knew Garland and his work will play at a post-festival party, which you can attend if you buy a ticket to the Saturday night session.)
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On the other hand, the ninth annual festival – which runs Wednesday through Saturday – offers feature narratives, documentaries, shorts and animation from across America. Just $8 buys an evening of film on any of four nights or a matinee smorgasbord on Saturday afternoon. Here are a few plot summaries to whet your appetites:
The documentary “The Borinqueneers” is the untold story of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, which fought in the Korean War but ended up in one of the largest mass court-martials in history.
“Appalachian State Football: A Date With Destiny” is about the 2007 team that pulled off one of the grandest upsets in college football history, beating the University of Michigan.
“Crazy” refers not just to the Patsy Cline song but to the reputation of guitarist Hank Garland, whose playing erased boundaries in jazz, country and rock. He had a tempest-tossed life, crossing swords with powerful people in Nashville and his wife, Evelyn. After a car crash, electroshock treatments ended his career at 31.
“An Islamic Conscience” is a documentary about the Aga Khan, leader of Ismailia Muslims (a Shiite sect reputed to have 15 million followers). He's portrayed as a voice of moderation, speaking out for pluralism and diversity, and promoting dialogue among civilizations. But will anyone listen?
“The Flyboys” has won audience and/or jury awards from a dozen small film festivals but still has no distributor, so this is your chance to see the family film. Jesse James and Reiley McClendon star as boys from a small town who accidentally stow away aboard an airplane owned by mobsters.